Arts & Crafts à la Britannica – Yanks & Brits Do Mix!

Sep 15, 2011

Want to see my garden?” she said. “I’ll meet you on the roof.”

I would love to utter those sentences! If I did, it would mean I was referring to one of the two rooftop gardens that were part of the original allure of Manor Del Mar.

Exactingly renovated, Manor Del Mar will reveal her new face on Saturday, October 1, between 4-6 p.m. (that magical golden hour when we all look our best).

Built in 1908 in the Arts & Crafts style with a dose of Tudor influence, the house is being opened for tour by Friends of the Gamble House. The tour will include two dozen (24!) refinished rooms, and the ticket price will support the endless restoration and maintenance of the Gamble House.

Some of the architectural victuals available for visual consumption are examples of Peruvian mahogany, koa wood and bird’s eye maple (love these names). Of the six unique indoor fireplaces, one is of hand-hammered copper (anything hammered will bring this bee to her knees)—a must see.

Since Arts & Crafts architecture emphasizes indoor/outdoor living, besides the two wonderfully decadent roof gardens, a lovely pergola adorns the north side of the home, while an expansive veranda on the south side seems to invoke evenings past of lounging and dining with friends.

And, how about having your own printing shop and textile studio on your property? Enjoy a visit to the Manor’s Clinker Press shop and Inglenook Textiles studio, and embrace the tradesman in you.

Take a visit to Millionaire’s Row and experience the collaborative mix of Tudor Brit and American Arts & Crafts—we may have discarded their monarchy, but we’ll never want to completely jettison our friends from across the pond.

Manor Del Mar Tour
Saturday, October, 4-6 p.m.
Tickets are $25, $20 for FOGH members. Reservations required.
626.793.3334, ext. 52 or visit their website





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